Covenant: An Agreement of Intention
Date: Sun., Jan. 21, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary. Worship Leader: Rev. David A. Miller. Music: UUCF Community Chorale and Laurel Ohlson, classical French horn (9:15); Laurel Ohlson, classical French horn (11:15). Religious Exploration: RE classes in session for age 2-Grade 12. Preschool, Middle School and High School begin and end in classrooms. Kindergarten-Grade 3 begin in the Chapel. Grades 4-6 begin in the Sanctuary. Child care to age 3 available in the Sanctuary Nursery.
Date: Sun., Jan. 28, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary. Worship Leader: Sarah Caine. Music: Saori Nystrom, harp (9:15); Catalin Dima, piano (11:15). Religious Exploration: RE classes in session for age 2-Grade 12. Preschool, Middle School and High School begin and end in classrooms. Kindergarten-Grade 3 begin in the Chapel. Grades 4-6 begin in the Sanctuary. Child care to age 3 available in the Sanctuary Nursery.
Calling Attention to the Gulf Between Promise and Fulfillment
Jan. 15, 2018. By Assistant Minister Sarah Caine. When I took a class called Educating to Counter Oppressions at Starr King [School for the Ministry], I heard about an upcoming campaign made up of poor folks with a mission to teach and advocate for a more humane existence. The whole week of our intensive class, we focused on issues faced by Americans living in poverty – homelessness, discrimination when attempting to get a job, inability to save money because every penny is needed in the present moment, difficulty feeding the children who may have been born before the incident that created poverty or born into poverty. I had started to come to terms with my own poverty roots, and had to acknowledge that I did not have the creativity and understanding of the systems in place to navigate my own time living on student loans and meager stipends. I’m acutely aware that I am one big medical incident away from homelessness, but I am blessed with a network of caring friends and family who would catch me before it got too bad. This year, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a vision started by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is being brought to fruition by Rev. Dr. William Barber. Rev. David A. Miller and I were fortunate to be on Capitol Hill for Rev. Dr. Barber’s campaign launch late last year. The Poor People’s Campaign is not only necessary due to current politics, it has been necessary since before Rev. Dr. King preached these words on the matter in 1967. There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution; that is a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution of weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare. Then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place and there is still the voice crying through the vista of time saying, “Behold, I make all things new, former things are passed away.” Now whenever anything new comes into history it brings with it new challenges and new opportunities. … We are coming to Washington in a Poor People’s Campaign. Yes, we are going to bring the tired, the poor, the huddled masses … We are coming to demand that the government address itself to the problem of poverty. We read one day, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” But if a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists. We are coming to ask America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago. And we are coming to engage in dramatic non-violent action, to call attention to the gulf between promise and fulfillment; to make the invisible visible. On this Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend, we are called to remember the grand visions of a man whose heart was connected to something greater than himself. We are called to honor intention with action. What an honor. What a calling.Read More >>>